Grief support groups for spouse and partner loss
To align with continued social distancing requirements and our commitment to help control community spread of COVID-19, support groups will be held virtually.
Portals is held on Thursday afternoons.
Threshold is held on Tuesday evenings. The ages of its members vary, but most Threshold attendees are 65 years of age or younger.
These groups can often be a doorway to hope, even when hope seems unimaginable at first. Threshold and Portals are grief support groups for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Both support groups are open to anyone in the community who has lost a significant other, not just those served by BJC Hospice. They are offered at no cost to participants due to the generous individual and corporate donations from the communities we serve.
“I looked forward to the sessions and being able to share my thoughts and feelings while knowing that no one would be judgmental or unkind.”
Groups such as Threshold and Portals can bring comfort through companionship of others who have been through a similar loss and are confronting the resulting challenges and opportunities. Participants can find support and encouragement through sharing their stories, being with others, and knowing they are not alone on this journey.
The program begins with four weekly core meetings in which group members begin to share their stories and explore the grief process together. Those who wish are then encouraged to participate in ongoing monthly meetings for continued support. Whether a spouse or partner’s death is anticipated or unexpected, they can feel lost and empty, overwhelmed with sorrow, anxious or angry. They wonder how they will face this new reality without their significant other.
Threshold and Portals provide:
- An opportunity to be part of a community of grievers who have also lost a spouse or partner
- A safe space to share thoughts, feelings and experiences surrounding the loss
- A place to breathe and normalize your experience of grief
- Suggestions for coping tools and ways to care for yourself